Looking to bring back the heart of the original Tony Hawk titles, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 is coming to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Tony Hawk [the game] is back in a big way this September. Packing in a few subtle changes, Hawk 5 will feature a slightly altered version of the easy to pick up button set we all know and love. This alteration allows for both a simpler and more refined maneuvering throughout the skate park, and pack in only three minor changes to get the job done.
Players can now “push” when they play, rather than forcing momentum through jumping on a half pipe. This assignment, now given to the R2, causes you to kick-push, but unlike in other skating titles maximum speed is still only achieved through momentum. To pair with this change, Hawk will now add a brake on the L2 button as well, finishing out alteration one in momentum.
Grinding will make a move this year as well, with the former Tony Hawk titles only requiring that you press triangle [or Y] on your controller to grind. This year the grind option will still be locked to the same button, but a “Slam” will also be locked to the button, where you can push your momentum back to the Earth. This handy change will help you stop from completely overshooting the edge of a bowl or flying over top of that grinding bar you were sky high above. Certainly, given the momentum, this may require a touch of finesse, but Tony Hawk is a resounding “arcade” skating title, so it may not be that consequential.
The “special” bar that Hawk games are known for will now no longer automatically trigger as well. Now on your command, this move will be activated with the L1 button, ready at your disposal when you can chain a fine list of tricks into each other. This full combination of changes SHOULD make the title easier to pick up, but also make the game more readily usable for veterans who know how to perfectly chain together their gaps. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 releases on September 28th of this year, available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with PS3 and Xbox 360 targeted for “later this year”.